Debunking 4 Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions

Debunking 4 Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions

Enterprises are eager to adopt the cloud into their infrastructure, even if they don’t fully understand what it is. The cloud is still a relatively new technology, having only been around publicly for a little over a decade. As such, many enterprises are just now learning about the benefits the cloud can provide. However, they may also develop some misconceptions about the cloud that may prevent them from cloud migration. These cloud misconceptions come from a lack of understanding about how the cloud works and what it can be used for.

These misconceptions can block enterprises from seeing the real advantages of cloud computing. Companies need to take care not to be fooled by these false claims. Below, we talk about 4 common cloud misconceptions and debunk them.

The cloud isn’t secure

Security remains a top priority for enterprises moving to the cloud, and for good reason. Business need to keep their data and information secure at all times. They may fear that putting their data on a cloud environment will open it up to security risks. However, cloud providers place data security as a top priority for their services. They implement data encryption and privacy measures to ensure every user’s data is safely stored. Some cloud providers also offer additional security services that the user can activate, providing even greater security coverage. In addition, cloud providers are certified by a number of global and regional regulations, so you know that your data will still meet compliance requirements.

The cloud isn’t flexible

One of the benefits of the cloud is its ability to scale up and down for users. Traditionally, IT professionals deal with hardware that offers a fixed amount of data storage and computing power. However, cloud environments allow users to use as many or as little resources as they need. This flexibility allows users to utilize the cloud to its fullest extent as their needs require. It also makes the cloud more cost-efficient, as users will only pay for the data they use. Cloud providers allow its users to scale their cloud architecture up and down, so users always have access to the amount of resources they need.

Cloud multitenancy puts my data at risk

Public cloud environments are usually multitenant environments, meaning that they operate multiple users’ cloud data on the same server. This might be scary for cloud newcomers, as it sounds like other users might have access to their data. In reality, cloud providers that operate a multitenant environment partition the data to keep information restricted to the user that uploads it. While no cloud environment can be 100% secured, multitenant cloud environments are no more dangerous than other storage environments.

The cloud should be used to run everything

Enterprises starting out in the cloud tend to be too hasty with their cloud adoption strategy. They move every workload and process into the cloud to take full advantage of the environment. However, the cloud is not the end-all-be-all solution to every problem. Just because you can run something in the cloud doesn’t mean that you should. Instead, enterprises should adopt a smart cloud strategy; they should consider the cloud for all workloads, but compare it against their current processes. Planning out a manageable cloud strategy lets users utilize the cloud in a smart manner without relying on the cloud to do everything for them.


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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